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“Expensive Couples-type restaurant with very good food, yet poor service”
Review of Esmirada

Esmirada
Ranked #5,954 of 11,864 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: US$20 - US$80
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood, Grill
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Neighbourhood: Downtown Core
Reviewed 5 October 2012 via mobile

We tried the restaurant this time, as previously we had been to the Tapas bar. Restaurant staff were very attentive while we were choosing from the Restaurant menu, or the Tapas menu. However, after our order was taken, and the restaurant started getting busier, it was near nigh impossible to get the wait staff to even acknowledge our table.

Food was very tasty, and the Paella was very good. The lack of service and the quite expensive bill for the food ordered were real negative points. Staff didn't even thank us for coming when we got up to leave!

All in all, if you are with a large party, and want entertainment at 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, then give the place a try. Just bring your wallet, and don't expect good service.

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Thank TheLongestHair
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We ate at this restaurant after an American expat friend told us it was nearby our hotel on Orchard Rd. It was an average weeknight, and we were hungry. The wait staff seemed uninterested in serving us even water, even though we asked more than once. We watched the next table get served 2 times, before our waiter came around. There was not much for vegetarian choices on the menu, so I chose a vegie couscous stew. It was pretty tasty, but considering how much it costed, I would have expected more. My partner got a starter platter, and again, it was just OK. The baba and hummus was kind of blah, without much flavor.

It's unfortunate that the food was disappointing, because the patio atmosphere was perfect for people watching on a busy corner of Orchard, in the heart of the shopping disctrict. Maybe happy hour, that they advirtise, is more their thing.

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Reviewed 28 March 2012

So far only restaurant in Singapore my husband and I have gone back to multiple times because we have enjoyed our meals so much-- he loves the chicken couscous and I have enjoyed the baklava, lasagna, and all their amazing pastas! If you love Mediterranean food, you'll love it here + plus the plates are a good size. ++ outdoor seating is great!
Can't wait to try the salads and kebabs.

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Thank Shannon G
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

Interesting concept of plate breaking! Good for team activities

Thank whoelse1121
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Singapore is experiencing the birth of tapas and it is catching on quickly. Esmirada is in Chijmes, which is a great setting. The prices here are reasonable and the portions are fine. The choices are pretty standard for a tapas bar, including potatas bravas et al. They do offer a loyalty scheme here and it does provide a great central, easy to find location. The staff are friendly but try and get a spot on the inside of the cloisters rather than at the back, which is much less ambient.

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Thank Bean_Cook
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